Pulmonaria 'Roy Davidson'
- Position: full or partial shade
- Soil: humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: March to April
- Flower colour: light blue
- Other features: white-spotted leaves
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A wonderful, low-growing plant that will help liven up the woodland floor, or add early colour at the front of a shadier border. A semi-evergreen perennial, the silver-spotted foliage will offer some interest throughout the year, but it is in spring, when the dense flower clusters appear, that it is at its prime. They first emerge a soft silvery-blue, but as they mature they fade to pink, so it is possible to have both pink and blue flowers in the cluster at the same time.
- Garden care: Lift and divide large clumps every three to five years after flowering or in autumn. Cut back plants affected by mildew to the ground, water and feed - the plant will regenerate and produce new leaves later in the year.
One plant every gardener should grow is the pulmonaria, or lungwort. It oozes nectar from its flowers, which are held on foot-high stems. Find a place in dappled shade in reasonable soil close to deciduous trees and shrubs, because pulmonarias are basicalRead full article